Sivali Central College, Ratnapura

Sivali Central College (Sinhala: සීවලී මධ්‍ය විද්‍යාලය, රත්නපුර) is a government mixed school situated in Hidellana in Ratnapura District, Sri Lanka. It is considered the first Central College in the district.

The school was established in 1909 as a Buddhist Secondary School unconnected to any monastery in a small house in Ratnapura town with 15 students (Abeyawardana, 2002). Mahanuwara Senewiratne was the first principal of the school from 1909 to 1914. In 1925 the incumbent of Nadun Viharaya offered the property Sivali garden to the school and in 1935 it became a graded school and was renamed as Sivali College. After the school was upgraded to the status of a Central Collage in 1945, the school was shifted to the present location in Hidellana in 1955 (Abeyawardana, 2002). On 5 February 1992, it was upgraded to the status of a National School.

At present, the school has common facilities such as classrooms, laboratories, libraries, play-ground, indoor stadium, hostels for students and quarters for teachers. The Annual Big Match of the school is held every year against St. Aloysius College, Ratnapura.

1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2002. Heritage of Sabaragamuwa: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Sabaragamuwa Development Bank and The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-077-7.  pp.15-16.
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